My Clinic with Ruella Yates
I have not done a Waterhole Rituals clinic away from home for some time. Going to Ruella Yates Spirit Horse Ranch in Oklahoma City was a great adventure; it was a very nurturing event for me. Yes it was cold but I was able to dress warm enough. Karen Corn and her husband Tony brought heaters for the guests. Thank you for your contribution! It was greatly appreciated. I felt the clinic would go well but not as well as it did or that I would have so much fun! I would like to do more clinics like this one on the same intimate level that was built around bonding and performance.
What I Offer:
I feel what I offer to people in my clinics is important in regards to training a horse without insistence, force or entrapment. Giving freedom to the horse and allowing the horse to begin a relationship with you offers a path that is eye opening in how easy it is to train a horse and how willing and smart horses are when we allow a horse time to process and respond naturally without tack. Allowing a horse to be free and be able to shape our leadership to suit the personality of the horse we find out how to draw the horse to connect and perform easily. In these moments we can train the horse to respect our leadership and develop his care taking nature so we may depend on his willingness to follow our lead once he is under saddle. When the horse is willing we then can begin “moving in the direction of ease”, as Ruella would say. It is a step by step process using unique flexible rules that are easy to learn that are based on common sense and fair play. My method builds character both in the horse and the human from the efforts to shape a horse to see you as his leader.
Using Different Personalities:
We had all kinds of horses and ponies to show how to approach different personalities and attitudes. We had a shy pony personality and two aggressive pony personalities and all these different attitudes had to fit in with me. All three ponies came around easily in the clinic because of the deep bond Ruella had developed with them by Sharing Territory. Ruella had acquired them with the attitudes they demonstrated to me and I could see that Ruella did indeed have her work cut out for her. There was Starwyn, a Welsh pony mare, Jackie and Strider who are miniatures not to be taken lightly. All I could do was fall in love with them through the process and stay safe until I could convince them to play it my way. My focus with them was on developing their gas pedal. Once that was fixed they were willing and enthusiastic and easy to dance with at liberty.
I will have a DVD soon available on this clinic that will focus on how to motivate a horse to have a great gas pedal. I believe the hardest thing to fix is a gas pedal that has been removed for whatever reason. When this happens the horse looses respect as well as his instincts to fit in and follow your lead. I have found that all horses that have a great gas pedal also have care taking natures if developed through social interactions at liberty.
A Beautiful Friendship:
A love affair happened at the clinic between Patches and Sophie. When I arrived Patches was aloof so I left him alone while I worked with Ruella’s horses, Renn and the ponies. Patches was pacing terribly to get to a solo mare, Sophie, in the field. She showed no interest but Patches was beside himself. So they put him with her and the love affair began. I was so struck by their connection that I wanted to steal them away like Robert Redford did with a retired race horse in the movie Electric Horseman. I wanted to free them to some paradise in nature where no one would ever find them.
Patches cared for nothing about life except Sophie and diving any horse away that got within 75 feet of her! Sophie even got caught up with chasing the other horses away as well. They ran together and played and chased horses, it was so beautiful because of the happiness they exuded.
Then the miracle happened. I would not have given two cents for his owner to be able to do a demonstration dancing with him. Susan Smith his owner was not worried at all, that disturbed me. I felt that Patches would cling to Sophie and would not want anything to do with Susan, but she had a truly dependable connection with her horse. They were music together in their demonstrations. Never once did Patches look back at Sophie and Sophie stood watching the dance like she approved and understood. Their dance showed the power of the Waterhole Rituals.
Cowboy and MaryGaye:
Then there were Cowboy and MaryGaye. I enjoyed working with them as much as they enjoyed learning. Cowboy is a big horse that takes up a lot of space and loves MaryGaye as much as MaryGaye loves Cowboy. Their lesson looked like an exhibition of my method, like a ballet of connection we would all like to have. Cowboy is learning how to place his feet carefully and in time with MaryGaye.
Every person and horse in the lessons I worked with brought understanding in how to approach my method as well as understanding of the mind of a horse and how to win his respect and focus.
Students came from Near and Far:
We had people come as far off as England, North Carolina, and Canada. One evening Ruella surprised us with an exhibition of Indian dancers in their regalia that was absolutely beautiful. Horses ran and dancers danced. Brent Greenwood the director of the exhibition explained the meaning behind each dance. Tommy, a little boy, showed us how to be to be full hearted from his focus and presence. I could see that his dance energized his spirit and he could have danced all night. We had a flute player that left me with a feeling of well being that I continue to carry with me today. The whole exhibition brought me great joy. This joy left me with the feeling that I would like to travel again and do another clinics. If you would like to host a clinic in your area please let us know by emailing us Office@Carolynresnick.com .
I will travel no further than a two-day’s drive with one night on the road. This is easy and I enjoy the drive. I would like to do a clinic in the Sedona or Scottsdale area especially.
Ruella thank you for your friendship and your great effort to make this clinic a warm, meaningful and mindful event for me. It was a vacation and a great joy to meet and work with everyone!
My clinic at Ruella’s would not have been possible if it wasn’t for a dear friend, Carey Schulman, who took care of my mother while I was gone. She was here for her for ten days taking care of all of her needs bringing fun activities and the care of Apollo. It was hard leaving Apollo behind and my mother but with Carey here, I knew they probably had a better time with her than they did me. I also want to thank my staff at the Ranch, Alethia, Teddie and Jeannette. I also want to thank Kai for driving me across country. And a big thanks to Ruella and Skeetz for making this clinic flow as smooth as silk and taking care of all my needs and for her company and laughter that we shared together.
Don’t forget to watch out for new horse and human sightings and may the horse be with you.